On Monday, the first day a new system that deducts points from drivers’ driving records was implemented, police detained 540 motorists who had broken traffic laws. Every driver who obtains a license will receive 12 points at the beginning of the year, which they will gradually lose if they breach the law under the “demerit system.”
A police spokeswoman, Pol Maj Gen Atchayon Kraithong, stated that 503 of the people who were fined on Monday only lost one point, while the others lost two points. He claimed that some people received the two-point penalty since it was discovered that they had broken many rules. According to the police, 233 of those detained did not have their tax stickers visible, proving they had not renewed their annual car tax. According to Pol Maj Gen Atchayon, 81 persons lost points for failing to display their license plates, while 63 were fined for exceeding the speed limit.
Pol Gen Damrongsak Kittiprapas, the head of the national police, came up with the idea for the demerit system as part of a plan to enhance driving behavior and traffic safety throughout the kingdom. If a driver loses all of their points, their license will be suspended for 90 days. The new program, according to Pol Maj Gen Atchayon, records each infraction of the law using the Police Ticket Management (PTM) database and e-ticket system.
The “ptm.police.go.th/eTicket” website or the Khub Dee mobile app allow users to examine their remaining points. The Pao Tang e-wallet offered by the government is another option for those who violate traffic laws to pay their fines.
According to Pol Maj Gen Atchayon, Pol Gen Damrongsak had already issued orders to the Department of Land Transport, Krung Thai Bank (KTB), and National Telecom Public Company Limited (NT) to advance the system.